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August 31, 2012

West mailbag: Texas, Nebraska, USC and more

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Rivals.com West recruiting analyst Adam Gorney addresses questions from readers in his weekly mailbag.

Visits are key

Now that Devon Allen has been offered by Texas is it a foregone conclusion he ends up with the Longhorns?

- Marty from Austin, Texas

Devon Allen just told our Rob Cassidy that Stanford remains his favorite but he's taking a visit to Texas in early October and you know how that goes.

The four-star receiver from Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep said the Cardinal lead because he's been to the Stanford campus, is familiar with the place and has a long-standing relationship with the coaching staff.

Over the next few weeks, Allen can develop that same standing with the Texas coaches and once he gets on campus - he'll be there for the West Virginia game - that could play a huge factor in his recruitment. Allen also plans to visit Arkansas.

So as it stands now, Allen has Stanford in front followed by Texas and Arkansas but the Longhorns could really make up a lot of ground in the coming weeks. I think the longer his recruitment goes leading up to that October visit to Austin the better the chances for the Longhorns in the end.

Trojan destiny

What are you hearing about Tahaan Goodman? Is he headed to the SEC?

- Tony from Los Angeles

I have now heard from at least three sources that Tahaan Goodman is leaning heavily to USC and that the four-star safety from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will end up with the Trojans.

How that will happen numbers-wise will probably be worked out in the coming months but people are telling me that if USC can get Goodman in this class then that's where he's headed.

Apparently, he has taken multiple visits to the school and has re-opened his mind about being a star in the Trojans secondary which is just insanely loaded with talent in this class. With Goodman and fellow safeties Max Redfield and Su'a Cravens, not many teams will have success throwing the ball against USC.

I would not count out LSU and Goodman is planning to visit there and it's not beyond the realm of possibility he surprises everyone and picks somewhere else but all I've heard for a few weeks in regards to Goodman is he wants to play at USC.

No package deal

Will the three Fresno (Calif.) Central East studs go to college together?

- Ted from Fresno, Calif.

My guess at this very moment is no, they will not play together in college but really it is anyone's guess.

Last recruiting cycle, Tee Shepard and Deontay Greenberry swore for months they were both going to Notre Dame together. Now neither of them are there and Greenberry signed with Houston. Shepard left soon after arriving in South Bend.

Oklahoma does have a good shot keeping Hatari Byrd in the class and L.J. Moore is supposed to visit Norman in late October so that could play a role. Moore is also planning to see Cal and Notre Dame and possibly some other places before making his decision.

The hold-up with getting the triumvirate could be Johnny Johnson since all I've heard on him is that he plans to stay closer to home and play in the Pac-12. Whether that's at Stanford or UCLA or someplace else is still unknown. He's also supposed to visit Oklahoma but my gut feeling is that he stays in California.

In the mix

Why is Johnny Stanton not a four-star? You're wrong about him.

- Jim from Omaha, Neb.

If Johnny Stanton continues to play like he did in Santa Margarita's victory against Phoenix Brophy Prep - and there's no reason to think he won't play that well or even better - then his ranking situation could be rectified the next time around.

This is a little strange because I've seen Stanton in games last year and he looks great although he's still not a polished passer. But when we saw him at the Elite 11 he had a quirky throwing motion and pushed it really badly.

But then some analysts watched the Santa Margarita-Brophy Prep game last weekend and Stanton looked just fine throwing the ball.

I know all about his assets, his running ability, his toughness, his intelligence and how his team wins ball games. If he keeps that up then Nebraska could be adding another four-star to its class.

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